Faculty

All New Horizons’ full-time, professional faculty members hold at minimum a baccalaureate degree from an accredited or recognized college and are certified by the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction.  Many hold additional advanced degrees and certifications while all continue to enrich their professional credentials through training and coursework. In the classroom, our teachers pride themselves on their ability to discover the unique attributes and learning styles of their students.

Donna Clark, Director – Every day, Ms. Donna enjoys her drive to work excited to encounter all the magic and joy that only an educational setting can provide.  Donna grew up surrounded by farmland in her native southern New Jersey.  From there, she went on to earn a Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education at Rowan University as well as a Master of Instructional Design from Florida State University.  Donna’s love for the children and learning fills her day, not only as school director but also as a gifted educator who continues to collaborate on curriculum planning as well. Outside of school, she treasures time with her husband and two sons, her grandson, reading, hiking, kayaking and pretending to sing.

Courtney Boucher, Office Manager – Courtney grew up in Boston and earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Non Profit Management from Providence College.  After graduating she moved to California and was a fundraiser for major non-profits and hospitals.  Courtney and her family moved to Wilmington, NC in 2015.  In her free time, Courtney enjoys her young family, gardening and being on the waterways of Wilmington.

Ansley Trask, Kindergarten – Ms. Ansley’s passion and energy for learning are contagious.  She enriches her classroom with intangibles that simply cannot be measured but that will stay with her students for a lifetime. An Atlanta, Georgia native, Ansley went on to earn a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education from the College of Charleston.  After graduating, she and her husband William made Wilmington their home.  Her teaching experience spans pre-kindergarten through third grade and includes training in The Orton-Gillingham approach to reading.  When she is not at school, she enjoys spending time with her family, reading a good book, or creating something crafty.

Amanda Jacobs, First Grade – Ms. Amanda feels grateful to have found a school that aligns perfectly with her teaching philosophy of active learning, community and joyful collaboration. Born in Pennsylvania, Ms.Amanda has taught K-2 and higher education in Virginia, DC and New York.  She is a lifelong learner and holds a Bachelors in Elementary and Special Education from Slippery Rock, a Masters in Education and Human Development from George Mason and a Doctorate in Teaching and Curriculum for the Watson School of Education at the University of Rochester. She loves to combine theory and research with silliness, songs and stories, which you will most likely hear at your dinner table.  She looks forward to creating an inspiring, cooperative, stimulating learning environment with our first graders.  Ms. Amanda lives in Wrightsville Beach with her husband and two rescue pups and loves to run, surf and travel.

Nicole Golf, Second Grade – Ms. Nicole is thrilled to be a part of the New Horizons family.  Her philosophy is to reach all learners through engaged learning in a flexible setting.  Her love for reading is evident as her students become lifelong readers.  Ms. Nicole grew up on Long Island, where she received her Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education and Special Education from Malloy College.  Shortly after graduating college, she made Wilmington her home and began her teaching career.  Having taught both second and third grade, she knows exactly what her students need to be successful.  Outside of school Ms. Nicole enjoys spending time with her husband and her two adorable sons, gardening, crafting and traveling.

Crystal Kaus, Third Grade – Ms. Crystal is an integral member of the New Horizons family. She brings an enthusiastic love for hands-on, project-based learning. Ms. Crystal grew up in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, where her love for the arts and nature flourished. That love for nature brought her to the coast for college, earning her a Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington. She taught for many years in New Hanover County schools and her passion for teaching led her to earn a National Board teaching certificate. Outside of school, Ms. Crystal loves spending time with her husband, their two young sons, and their Labrador retriever. Her family stays busy playing sports, traveling, and exploring the beach.

Heather Miles, Fourth Grade – Ms. Heather’s energy, positivity and enthusiasm for teaching resonates through her classroom.  She was born in Guam but grew up in St. Louis, Missouri.  Her love for warm weather moved her to Florida where she lived for 20 years.  Her passion for the outdoors and adventure kept her on the coast with her most recent move to Wilmington in June 2017. Ms. Heather has a BS in Sociology with a minor in history.  She earned a Master’s degree in Education with an emphasis on reading.  She has extensive teaching experience in private schools as she loves the importance of emphasizing community and character building as well as high academic achievement.  Through her many years of teaching she has taught 3rd, 4th, and 6th grades.  She has enjoyed coaching girl’s soccer and volleyball, chaperoning many exchange trips to Europe and facilitating community service clubs.  Ms. Heather and her husband of 20 years have three sons.  Outside of school you will find her playing sports, relaxing at the beach with a book or traveling.

Annetta Saggese, Fifth Grade – Ms. Annetta inspires our fifth graders to achieve milestones and to be confident, courageous learners.  She grew up in Essex Fells, New Jersey and continued on to earn her Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education and English from the University of Vermont.  She then became one of the founding teachers at the San Diego Cooperative Charter School.  Annetta and her husband Matt were drawn back to the East Coast and she has been providing New Horizons students with a truly memorable fifth grade experience ever since.  Each year, there are many bittersweet tears in Annetta’s classroom, as her students reluctantly move on to middle school, having to say goodbye to this special individual.  In her spare time, Annetta loves gardening, the beach, and spending time with her daughter.

Jill Caldwell, PE/Health – Ms. Jill motivates our kids to be active and enjoy the wonders of play.  She ensures that sportsmanship is a priority for all of our students.  Jill received her Bachelor of Arts degree from University of North Carolina Chapel Hill and taught in the Duplin County Schools. Helping to reduce childhood obesity is one of her lifelong professional goals.  Conducting programs such as Kids Heart Challenge, along with our structured Health and Physical Education classes, helps her to accomplish this goal.  Jill stays active by running, kayaking, biking and visits to the YMCA. Her motto: “We don’t stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing.”

Suzy Altman, Music/Art – Ms. Suzy is a gifted teacher with an amazing ability to develop students’ artistic and musical talents.  She is originally from Fayetteville, North Carolina and received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Music from the University of North Carolina Wilmington.  In addition to teaching music and art enrichment classes, Suzy leads our chorus program and offers private singing lessons after school to many of our New Horizons students.  She enjoys living in Wilmington with her husband and children and spends her free time at the beach, traveling, and watching sports.

Maria Elena Viglucci, Spanish – With her passion and energy, Ms. Maria Elena creates an encouraging environment for her students to delve into the Hispanic culture.  She was born and raised in a bilingual home in San Juan, Puerto Rico. After leaving the Caribbean, she attended The University of Pennsylvania where she earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Consumer Psychology and her Master of Elementary Education.  Maria Elena has extensive elementary teaching experience having worked in Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, Louisiana, California, and North Carolina school systems.  She loves to run but also enjoys relaxing at Masonboro Island with her family and friends.

Christina Satterfield, Instructional Coach (K-5) – Ms. Christina is known for being a patient, quietly confident educator who has an innate ability to connect with all students and relate to them as learners.  She was born in Hawaii and spent much of her childhood in Okinawa, Japan.  After earning her Bachelor of Arts degree in Elementary Education from East Carolina University, Christina began her teaching career in Virginia.  She married and moved to Wilmington where she earned her Master of Language and Literacy from University of North Carolina Wilmington along with her National Board Teaching Certification.  Christina then taught and served as a literacy coach for New Hanover County Schools.  Here at New Horizons, she is our resident technology guru and serves as the point person for our school wide technology program including our upper elementary Chromebook 1:1 Initiative.  In her spare time, Ms. Christina enjoys playing and reading with her two children.

Janice Clark, After School Supervisor – Janice is a native Wilmingtonian who left only long enough to get her Intermediate Education degree from ECU in English, Health and P.E.  After teaching at Pender Academy for 4 years, she started Peanut Butter & Jelly Children’s Boutique.  After selling her shop, she spent 27 years in New Hanover County Elementary and Middle Schools.  In her free time, Janice loves to bake, entertain, read and hang out with her 6 grandchildren.

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